trigger food

Some Things I Miss

Knowledge is power.

I am pretty good at guesstimating how many calories are in something. After 5+ years of counting calories to lose weight I’ve become sort of an encyclopedia of Calorie Knowledge.

Because I have this Calorie Knowledge in me, it’s often hard to splurge on things I used to eat ALL.THE.TIME.

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It’s also the time of year for amazing seasonal treats. For example:

I used to LOVE love love a Starbucks Chocolate Peppermint Mocha with Whipped Cream and Chocolate shavings on top. Oh my god. I’d suck down one a day (or more).

How many calories are in this delicious treat? 540 calories for a Grande (16 ounces).

To give you some clarity as to why I skip these now: Tee other night at the gym I worked out for ONE HOUR AND TWENTY-TWO MINUTES and burned 512 calories. ALMOST the same as one mocha.

Another treat–which I probably WILL partake in this holiday season–is the glorious, creamy Peppermint Ice Cream. LOVE it!

Depending on the brand it runs between 140-200 calories a serving. Which is not too bad but I have a hard time eating just one serving at a time. One serving is about 1/2 cup. Or one scoop.

I almost never have just one scoop. So that’s really more like 300-400 calories. Which is an okay splurge once in awhile.

Speaking of Holiday treats…how about Eggnog? Mmmm! Looking forward to having some GregNog this weekend in fact.

1 cup of eggnog = 340 calories or so depending on ingredients and portions.  Now I celebrate the holidays in healthier, lower calorie ways.  I get the Light Eggnog, mix it with Non-fat Milk to dilute it and I skip the whipped cream.

Another one of my old haunts….BURGERVILLE. Their current seasonal milkshakes right now are:

Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake (Regular): 940 calories

Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake (Large):  1140 calories

Burgerville Eggnog Milkshake (Regular):  520 calories

Burgerville Eggnog Milkshake (Large):  670 calories

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Oh so good. I’ve discussed Burgerville’s amazing milkshakes in the past. I definitely miss those but rarely can I justify the calories I’d consume.

A treat I CAN have as an alternative are these:

Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Cookies. Basically Oreos but with peppermint. YUM. Noticing a theme here? 😉 I believe there are 140 calories for 2 cookies. A nice treat indeed!

Come on readers! Share your favorite treats and ALTERNATIVES!

QUESTION: What are some high-calorie items you rarely ever indulge in because you now know how bad they are for you? What do you eat instead?

How to Survive Halloween Candy Season

It’s that time again.

“Fun Sized” candies are everywhere. In the grocery store, in your house, at the office…So what happens when sugar and candy is your trigger food?

This has always been a hard time of year for me. I love candy. I love chocolate specifically. And Halloween, Christmas…those are all holidays that revolve around bagged candy!

So what do you do to resist the temptations? Here are my tips:

1. Out of sight, out of mind. Don’t keep the bowl of candy within reach or eyesight. If it’s packed away in the pantry and not noticeable, maybe you’ll forget about it.

2. Buy bags of candy that you don’t like. I actually do dislike a lot of candy. Milky Ways, Twizzlers, Baby Ruth, Whoppers, chewy caramels…Yuck. On the other hand, I CANNOT have mini Butterfingers, 5th Avenue bars, Candy Corns, or Snickers in the house. Those are my favorites.

3. Skip the candy. You could be that house that passes out boxes of raisins or tooth brushes…but be prepared to have your house toilet-papered.  Or fire-bombed. 🙂

4. Buy less. Instead of buying a bunch of Costco sized candy bags, buy one bag and when the candy is gone go to bed. Sorry kiddos, this candy store isn’t open all night.

5. Wait until the last minute to buy. Having a big bag of candy in the house for several weeks is just asking for trouble.

6. Put some candy in a bowl on the porch and then go for a walk. You get some exercise, resist eating candy, and get to see the cute kiddos trick-or-treating.

7. Freeze the leftover candy. I used to put the remaining candy bars in the freezer and take one or two out at a time. Once they defrosted, some time had passed and I wasn’t going to gorge myself.

8. Eat a big, healthy dinner before it’s time to pass out candy. Eat a lot of vegetables and food with fiber in it to fill you up.

Finally, don’t beat yourself up if you do indulge. Chances are the fun sized candy you ate was about 100 calories a pop so if you had a few it’s not the end of the world.

QUESTION: What tip or trick do you use to avoid overeating on Halloween?